· Pay for an automatic:
We enjoy utilizing the third pedal whenever possible, but if the steering wheel is flipped there’s no need to add any more complications. Skip the manual transmission—if you can—and go with a car that shifts for you. It’s one less thing to worry about, so you can concentrate on staying on your side of the road and negotiating right-of-way.
· Take it slow:
Check those mirrors, check them again, and then spin your head around 360 degrees. We found it helpful to take things a little bit slower than usual, as we constantly felt like we were on our driving test. Sure we got a little more confident towards the end of a couple weeks, but then again we wanted to make sure not to get too comfortable.
· Watch those signals:
Our vehicle had the turn signal indicator and the windshield wiper doodad flipped around, so we quickly had one of the cleanest windshields on the planet. Just keep trying to remember to use those signals—don’t give up—and eventually you’ll get the hang of things. It’s especially helpful to follow the rules of the road, because fellow motorists will certainly appreciate a turn signal when you just have to pull off to stop and take in the scenery.
· Stay to your side of the road:
Obviously this is a pretty key element of staying safe, but not only do you need to stay on the correct side of the road—in our case the left—you need to also do so when you’re going a little slower. Cars pass on the right when on a two-lane road, so stick it in the slow lane and let the locals zip right past. We know it hurts the self-esteem to be stuck in the slow lane, but in the long run it’s worth the pain.